In a night studded with stars from the south, Just for Women magazine, popularly abbreviated to JFW held its first ever edition of JFW movie awards in Chennai. The grand event presented by Iraivi and powered by M Auto, was dedicated to women for their work in Tamil cinema. Winners were adjudged in 14 categories for both on screen work and contribution from behind the scenes. Out of of the 14 awards, 11 were selected based on the results of an online voting system where 2.3 million votes in total were collected.
The event was attended by several celebrities from the south, including Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan. A power-packed dance performance by Gouri G Kishan of 96 fame grabbed the attention of the audience. Musical duo Vivek - Merwin too added to the evening’s entertainment with a mesmerising performance. Women empowerment in cinema, be it on or off screen, was the central theme of the night with the awards constituted to acknowledge their contribution to the Tamil movie industry.
Among the winners were actor Trisha Krishnan, in the Best Actor in lead role category for the movie 96. Saranya Ponvannan received the Best Supporting Actor award for her role in the Nayanthara starrer Kolamaavu Kokila. Veteran actor Revathy won Best Actor in a Comic Role for her performance in Gulaebaghavali. In the Best Debutante category Raiza Wilson won for her performance in Pyaar Prema Kaadhal. Best child artist was won by Ditya Bhande for Lakshmi. In the costume design space, the award was won by Amritha Ram for her work in Vetrimaaran’s Vada Chennai, while Deepa Venkat won the Best Dubbing artist award for her work in the Nayanthara starrer Imaikka Nodigal.
Kanaa was adjudged the best women-centric film in Tamil in 2018 while its director Arunraja Kamaraj bagged the award in the Best Director for Women-Centric Film category. Brindha Gopal won the Choreographer of the Year award for her work in Kaala and Thaana Serndha Koottam. Award for Women Producer of the Year was won by Sujatha Vijayakumar for Adanga Maaru, while Aishwarya Rajesh won the Critic’s Choice Best Actor for her performance in Kanaa.
The awards night will be aired on Zee Tamil and the schedule for the same will be announced soon.
Here are some of the pictures from the night:
Trisha with her award for Best Actor for 96
Actors Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijay Sethupathi at the awards
Aishwarya Rajesh with Producer Hema Rukmani
Actor Aishwarya Rajesh
Amritha Ram with her award for Best Costume Designer
Anchors Archana and Mirchi Sha
Arun Vijay and Choregrapher Brindha Gopal
Actor Arun Vijay
Dubbing artist Deepa Venkat
Actors Revathy, Poornima Jayaram and Director Bharathiraja
Arunraja Kamaraj, Director of Kanaa
Actor Raiza Wilson with her award for Best Debutante
Musical duo Vivek - Merwin performing at JFW
Veteran actor Saranya Ponvannan
Actors Revathy and Poornima Jayaram
Gouri G Kishan performing at JFW awards
Actor Eashwari Rao
Gouri G Kishan performing at JFW
Actors Jayam Ravi, Aarti and Arun Vijay
Director Gautham Menon
Actor Sivakarthikeyan with his daughter
Director AL Vijay and Ditya Bhande, who won Best Child artist award for Lakshmi
Director KS Ravikumar
Actor Harish Kalyan
Music composer Devi Sri Prasad
Ditya Bhade performing at JFW